This last weekend was my forth stay at Whitfield Hall under a variety of circumstances. All of thes visits were memorable. The first and third visits, I stayed in the Col. Whitfiled room. It is a simple room, but a must if you want to enjoy private time with your "special other". The second time I visited, I just needed to park there and have lunch after ascending the peak.
The third time I visited, I was with a large group that camped out on the lovely front picnic area. The rain and wind spoiled our campfire and the best efforts of the staff to assist in helping start our fire failed and we retreated into the lovely, cozy, lodge hall. We forked out the 300 Jamaican dollars to start a fire in the fireplace and commenced a late nite of dominoes and rum in the warmth of the fire. We gave late notice on the descent from the peak that we would want lunch. They did not have enough chicken for the short notice lunch and the price was adjusted without asking. They were accomadating of vegetarian dietaty needs for group members.
This last weekend we camped out again in the beautiful picnic area. I had the best coat curry ever cooked by Ms. Lynette. The normal route to Whitfield Hall (2 hour drive from Kingston) was closed and Mr. Algrove called me twice on my cell phone to check on my progress to the lodge and make sure I was on the right route (4 hour drive from Kingston).
In all of my stays, everyone was treated with respect regardless of whether they were camping or staying in the "Col Whitfield Room". They responded to out of the normal requests and always met the requirement.
If you want to get "off the grid" and experience rural and historic Jamaica, this is the place to go. Make sure you call ahead of time to make arrangements and order meals - they have to bring the food from over an hour away. Make sure you get a quote on the price and settle with Ms. Lynette. Do not judge the weather in Kingston with the weather at Whitffield Hall or the peak. The Blue Mountain has a unique ecosystem and it will probably involve rain - thats why they call it the Blue Mountains (due to the clouds).
BTW - I checked fitness center in the reviews because you will have a primal workout walking in the surrounding hills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whitfield Hall sits at 4000 feet directly on the main hiking trail that travels up to Blue Mountain Peak. The hall itself, dating from the late 18th century, can provide rustic accommodation for up to 30 guests. Most rooms have bunkbeds, although the Colonel Whitfield room has a double (full) bed and is private. Guides to the Peak can be arranged for trekkers. Hearty, home-cooked meals and other refreshments, including cups of, Blue Mountain coffee brewed with fresh spring water, are available (with advance notice). Guests may also use our kitchen to cook. A campsite is also available. You can hire our driver to provide safe, 4 wheel drive transportation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Whitfield Hall Hotel Kingston